A couple of weeks ago, a clue turned up in my cryptic crossword — Fictional detective satisfied about a vandalised rig  — and, once I’d solved it, got me thinking. Again.
The first thing I thought was “Hey, wow, this is like The Avengers for classic detection and crossword nerds” followed fairly swiftly by “But wouldn’t I’m confused with great detective  be a better clue…?” and, well, the upshot of all of this is that I’ve written another cryptic crossword.
This time, the solutions are all detectives and investigators from the Golden Age — with one exception, who is a detective from a modern author in a series of book set in the Golden Age — and…well, that’s about it. The grid took me aaaages, though, so here it is:
You can download the crossword, clues, and answers in one .pdf by clicking here; no knowledge of GAD is necessary, as the clues make no reference to books or the contents thereof — it’ll help you know when you hit on the correct answer, of course, but crossword fans and detection fans alike (and I can’t be the only one in both camps…can I?) can unify in celebration of my probably terrible clewing (though I am very fond of 11 down, among others). Beyond that…I don’t really have anything to add. Oh, except that, if anyone is interested, I’m now about halfway through Times Quick Cryptic Crossword Book 3.
So, well, if this is your kind of thing, I hope you enjoy it. And, if you’re unaware, the reason I say “I’ve written another cryptic crossword” is because I’ve previously written one based around Agatha Christie’s Poirot books, and one based around her other sleuths. There’s also this earlier one based around John Dickson Carr but that was…decidedly an apprentice work before I had any idea what I was doing.
8 thoughts on “#795: Cryptic Crossword – Golden Age Detectives Edition”
I just don’t have the brain power for these I’m afraid. But really admire those that do!
It was John Curran’s talk at Bodies a few years ago that got me more than just passingly interested in how cryptics work. The I happened to stumble upon one I could actually do (it took me a week, but still…) and I was hooked.
I’d always assumed some kind of sourcery was involved and…well, sometimes it is. But the Elders are telling me that I’ve already said too mu-
Excellent work sir.
Thanks, Mark — I love a cryptic crossword, and putting this together was, I won’t deny, a lot of fun. Delighted to think people are still finding it.
I’ve just pulled this unfinished out of a drawer. I got just over half and then had to look at the answers. 17 and 20 across very good clues.
Thanks, John. I had a lot of fun writing this. Maybe it’s time to come up with a theme for a new one…or it would be if the grids didn’t take so f&%*ing long to work out 😄
I found a site recently which will create a grid and then publish it online as interactive: https://crosswordlabs.com/ I’ve done a non-themed puzzle which I’ll probably put up on my blog soon and have a themed one in the pipeline.
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